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Adorama deal: Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS for only $799
  
 
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p.2 #1 · p.2 #1 · Adorama deal: Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS for only $799


I also have the 24-105, but this price is making me strongly consider replacing it with the 24-70 f/4. The only potential negatives for me would be if I would notice a significant sharpness loss at 50 mm compared to my 24-105 and the copy to copy variation that seems to be higher with this lens. If the 50mm difference is indeed negligible, this might warrant pulling the trigger. Decisions, decisions.


Mar 09, 2014 at 07:42 PM
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p.2 #2 · p.2 #2 · Adorama deal: Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS for only $799


Bought the 24-105/4L, then it developed barrel creep, sent it to Canon for repair and ask Canon to calibrate it to your camera body ... came back extremely sharp, even at 24mm; so for me the 24-70/4L isn't worth the upgrade, IMHO.


Mar 09, 2014 at 10:17 PM
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p.2 #3 · p.2 #3 · Adorama deal: Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS for only $799


As a former 24-105 and 24-70 II owner (who now owns the 24-70 F/4) I can offer my opinion:

First of all I just got the 24-70 4 in the last couple of weeks; apparently I overpaid by about $150 (paid $949 new). Story of my life.

Anyway, it's a very sharp lens at the extreme ends, is lighter and better in the corners than the 24-105; the IS motor is much quieter and the "hybrid IS" is a real treat for video use. This is my main handheld lens for video and it's not too shabby for stills if F/4 is ok.
Macro mode is neat but not really my thing.



Mar 10, 2014 at 11:31 AM
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p.2 #4 · p.2 #4 · Adorama deal: Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS for only $799


But make no mistake; the 24-70 2.8 II is a stud - I just didn't use it that much as I had primes that had IS and were lighter/faster, and generally stopped down in video mode anyway.


Mar 10, 2014 at 11:47 AM
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p.2 #5 · p.2 #5 · Adorama deal: Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS for only $799


Shield wrote:
As a former 24-105 and 24-70 II owner (who now owns the 24-70 F/4) I can offer my opinion:

First of all I just got the 24-70 4 in the last couple of weeks; apparently I overpaid by about $150 (paid $949 new). Story of my life.

Anyway, it's a very sharp lens at the extreme ends, is lighter and better in the corners than the 24-105; the IS motor is much quieter and the "hybrid IS" is a real treat for video use. This is my main handheld lens for video and it's not too shabby for stills if F/4 is
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How does the mid-range compare to the 24-105--same, better, or worse?



Mar 10, 2014 at 12:06 PM
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J.A.D. wrote:
How does the mid-range compare to the 24-105--same, better, or worse?


Not sure; I rarely shoot in the middle. I have seen and read about the 24-70 4 being softer at 50mm. I'm more of a 24/35/70 guy.



Mar 10, 2014 at 12:08 PM
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p.2 #7 · p.2 #7 · Adorama deal: Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS for only $799


I must be missing something. Why would anyone want this 24-70/4 IS, when the 24-105/4 IS is about the same price or lower, and has a 9.0 rating vs 8.9 on the FM Reviews? Likewise, 4.7 stars vs. 4.6 stars on BH. It is only 70 grams heavier (c 2 ounces).

Not trying to be argumentative, just trying to learn.




Mar 10, 2014 at 02:54 PM
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p.2 #8 · p.2 #8 · Adorama deal: Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS for only $799


krementz wrote:
I must be missing something. Why would anyone want this 24-70/4 IS, when the 24-105/4 IS is about the same price or lower, and has a 9.0 rating vs 8.9 on the FM Reviews? Likewise, 4.7 stars vs. 4.6 stars on BH. It is only 70 grams heavier (c 2 ounces).

Not trying to be argumentative, just trying to learn.



Read the other posts then.



Mar 10, 2014 at 03:04 PM
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p.2 #9 · p.2 #9 · Adorama deal: Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS for only $799


Looks like the deal is over. The price has gone back to $1,499 before rebate ($1,299 after rebate). I did already place my order, fingers crossed hoping it will be shipped.


Mar 10, 2014 at 03:13 PM
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p.2 #10 · p.2 #10 · Adorama deal: Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS for only $799


krementz wrote:
I must be missing something. Why would anyone want this 24-70/4 IS, when the 24-105/4 IS is about the same price or lower, and has a 9.0 rating vs 8.9 on the FM Reviews? Likewise, 4.7 stars vs. 4.6 stars on BH. It is only 70 grams heavier (c 2 ounces).

Not trying to be argumentative, just trying to learn.



Well, I missed the sale trying to decide. But for me, I like that the lens is smaller, lighter, sharper (excluding around 50mm), has less barrel distortion at 24mm, and has one stop greater IS. The macro function might be nice for those times that I don't feel like carrying my 100mm macro lens (even if it is only partially useful). I don't need the 70-105 range of the 24-105, since I usually carry my 70-200 f/4 IS.

But I won't purchase it at its regular price. I won't pay more than $1000 for it and probably wouldn't pay that much if there was not a $200 rebate for it now. Unless that sale price returns, I'm sticking with my 24-105.



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p.2 #11 · p.2 #11 · Adorama deal: Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS for only $799


J.A.D. wrote:
Well, I missed the sale trying to decide. But for me, I like that the lens is smaller, lighter, sharper (excluding around 50mm), has less barrel distortion at 24mm, and has one stop greater IS. The macro function might be nice for those times that I don't feel like carrying my 100mm macro lens (even if it is only partially useful). I don't need the 70-105 range of the 24-105, since I usually carry my 70-200 f/4 IS.

But I won't purchase it at its regular price. I won't pay more than $1000 for it and probably wouldn't pay that much
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Agreed. I think for those who have read the various reports (especially the lensrental one), we are all aware the pros and cons of this lens vs. the 24-105. Truthfully, the fair price for both of them should probably be $750 or so, then you decide what compromises you like and pick one (better performance at 24mm vs. reach, weight, etc.).

At $800 I thought it was worth a try. I already have the 24-105. If I like the 24-70 enough I may just sell the 24-105 and my cost of switching will be somewhat minimized.



Mar 10, 2014 at 04:12 PM
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p.2 #12 · p.2 #12 · Adorama deal: Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS for only $799


I don't think it's over. I ordered it at just about the time Howard was posting this morning. When I first placed it in my cart it showed as $1299 after the rebate, but when I actually viewed my cart it showed unit price of $999.00, and that is the price I confirmed at the end of my order. Since the rebate is mail-in, I assume that it has not already been taken by Adorama, and that I'll be able to claim it, for a net of $799.

Dave



Mar 10, 2014 at 05:11 PM
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p.2 #13 · p.2 #13 · Adorama deal: Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS for only $799


I like the smaller package for travel. At 100% you may see a bit of difference at 50 mm. I have never found it an issue. The IS is better, distortion at 24 mm is much better and the lens does not creep ... drove me crazy with the 24-105.


Mar 10, 2014 at 10:55 PM
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p.2 #14 · p.2 #14 · Adorama deal: Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS for only $799


twistedlim wrote:
I like the smaller package for travel. At 100% you may see a bit of difference at 50 mm. I have never found it an issue. The IS is better, distortion at 24 mm is much better and the lens does not creep ... drove me crazy with the 24-105.


All of those, plus I cannot overemphasize how quiet the IS is compared to the 24-105. If you ever shoot handheld video indoors of your kids you won't hear the IS on the 24-70. It's that quiet.
If Canon would release a 24-70 2.8 with the hybrid IS I'd sell all my lenses except for the 85 1.2 II, the 135L and the 70-200 II.



Mar 11, 2014 at 11:27 AM
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p.2 #15 · p.2 #15 · Adorama deal: Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS for only $799


That's about were it should've been priced all along. Whether or not it's optically better than the 24-105L, it has to be cheaper.


Mar 11, 2014 at 10:26 PM
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p.2 #16 · p.2 #16 · Adorama deal: Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS for only $799


Deal is over. I called today, and it's not at that price any more. I'll keep looking!



Mar 21, 2014 at 07:25 PM
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p.2 #17 · p.2 #17 · Adorama deal: Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS for only $799


krementz wrote:
I must be missing something. Why would anyone want this 24-70/4 IS, when the 24-105/4 IS is about the same price or lower, and has a 9.0 rating vs 8.9 on the FM Reviews? Likewise, 4.7 stars vs. 4.6 stars on BH. It is only 70 grams heavier (c 2 ounces).

Not trying to be argumentative, just trying to learn.



Because it's smaller, lighter, better IS, quieter IS, has a bit of macro built-in and oh has much better image quality near 24mm and near 70mm.



Mar 21, 2014 at 08:19 PM
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p.2 #18 · p.2 #18 · Adorama deal: Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS for only $799


You guys are making it sound like the 24-105 is a dud. Certainly that couldn't be further from the truth.

The only real glaring flaw of the 24-105 is the barrel distortion, esp at 24mm. But this is easily correctable in PP, so I would only consider it as a minor nuisance instead of a major problem. And let's not forget the convenience afforded by the extra reach in the 70-105 range -- it turns the lens into a very capable walkaround lens.

For the most part, I'd rate the two to be roughly equal, with each lens having its own strengths and weaknesses compared to the other.



Mar 21, 2014 at 09:08 PM
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ryleung wrote:
You guys are making it sound like the 24-105 is a dud. Certainly that couldn't be further from the truth.

The only real glaring flaw of the 24-105 is the barrel distortion, esp at 24mm. But this is easily correctable in PP, so I would only consider it as a minor nuisance instead of a major problem. And let's not forget the convenience afforded by the extra reach in the 70-105 range -- it turns the lens into a very capable walkaround lens.

For the most part, I'd rate the two to be roughly equal, with each lens having its own strengths
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My copy had some pretty strong CA on the wide end.



Mar 21, 2014 at 09:54 PM
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skibum5 wrote:
Because it's smaller, lighter, better IS, quieter IS, has a bit of macro built-in and oh has much better image quality near 24mm and near 70mm.


For still pictures:
Not much smaller
weight difference isn't really noticeable
How much better IS do you need? The 105's IS is really good.
Can't really tell the difference in the sound of the IS.
Macro is useless because you have to be sooooo close to focus that the barrel casts a shadow.
Shoot RAW and use a good program like C1 and you'll never know that the distortion is worse.

The 105 is vastly sharper at and around 50mm.


Now if my main use was video then I'd go for the 24-70 but for pictures the 24-105 is the better lens.



Mar 21, 2014 at 11:11 PM
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